Beyond the Reef

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For the 1980 American film, see Beyond the Reef (film).
"Beyond The Reef"
Song by Napua Stevens
Composer Jack Pitman

"Beyond The Reef" is a song written by Canadian Jack Pitman in Hawaii in 1948. It was first performed by Hawaiian artist Napua Stevens in 1949. Bing Crosby covered the song a year later in 1950 and Elvis Presley recorded his version of the song on 27 May 1966.[1][2] The Elvis recording was only released on a boxset in 1980/1.[3] The Ventures also covered the song[4] on their third album, Another Smash, in September 1961.[5] George Greeley recorded an instrumental version of the song in 1960 on his Warner Bros.album, The Most Beautiful Music of Hawaii. Andy Williams released a version on his 1959 album, To You Sweetheart, Aloha. Although it is heavily influenced by Hawaiian music it does not contain any Hawaiian language words or any mention of Hawaii.[6] It is a slow song in the key of C major with a 2-5-1 progression with D minor, G major and C major. It features the steel guitar, typical of Hawaiian music.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prigozy, Ruth; Raubicheck, Walter (November 2007). Going my way: Bing Crosby and American culture. University Rochester Press. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-58046-261-7. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  2. ^ David Neale (15 September 2003). Roots of Elvis. iUniverse. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-0-595-29505-0. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Cotten, Lee (1985). All shook up: Elvis day-by-day, 1954–1977. Pierian Press. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Halterman, Del (1 July 2009). Walk-Don't Run – The Story of the Ventures. Lulu.com. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-557-04051-3. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sandcastle V.I. – The Fabulous Ventures – U.S. Discography". Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Hopkins, Jerry (February 2007). Aloha Elvis. Bess Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-57306-273-2. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 

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